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Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969. Papers of Walter Gropius, 1930-1972: A Guide

Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University
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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: BRM 4
Repository: Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University
Creator: Gropius, Walter,
Title: Papers of Walter Gropius, 1930-1972: A Guide
Date(s): 1930-1972
Quantity: 17 linear feet (2 file boxes, 1 half file box, 3 record cartons, 1 5.5x12 card box, 6 12x15 folio boxes, 1 8.75x11 folio box, 1 9.25x12 folio box, 1 10x13 folio box, 1 13x18 folio box, 1 14.75x18.75 folio box, 1 15x14.5 folio box)
Abstract: Photographs, slides, press proofs, clippings, and a scrapbook relating to the work, travels, and social activities of Walter Gropius, as well as books from his personal library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The materials were donated in separate accessions to the Busch-Reisinger Museum by Gropius' widow, Ise Gropius, in 1974 and 1980, and by his daughter, Ati Gropius Johansen, in 1984.

Processing Information:

The collection was processed in April 2014 by Raphael Koenig under the supervision of Lynette Roth and Megan Schwenke; the finding aid was revised in July 2014 by Brooke McManus.

Conditions on Access:


Conditions on Use:

Copyright: Copyright in the papers in the collection may be held by the authors of the documents, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Harvard Art Museums Archives before publishing quotations from any material in the collection.
Copying: Papers may be copied in accordance with the Harvard Art Museums Archives' usual procedures.

Related Materials

There are additional papers of Walter Gropius in the Busch-Reisinger Museum collection and at the Houghton Library.


Walter Gropius (1883-1969) was a German architect and theorist of modern architecture who founded the Bauhaus in Weimar in 1919 and was the school's director until 1928. He taught architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1937-1952. In 1945, he founded The Architects' Collaborative (TAC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. TAC projects included the Harvard Graduate Center in Cambridge (1949), Six Moon Hill in Lexington, MA (1947-1950), and the Pan-American World Airways Building in New York (1958-1963).


The collection is divided into three series: Visual Materials; Printed Materials and Correspondence; and Gropius Library. Visual Materials is further divided into subseries by topic: Family, Friends, and Colleagues; Work; and Gropius House.

Scope and Content:

The collection contains photographs of Walter Gropius, his wife, Ise Gropius, and his friends and colleagues, documenting his activities and travels in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and East Asia between 1946 and 1969. The collection also includes a series of slides of the Gropius House in Lincoln, MA, as well as a number of photographs and slides depicting birthday celebrations held in his honor. There is a small amount of printed material including press proofs and article clippings. The collection also contains books and periodicals from his personal library, including works by Gropius, Lyonel Feininger, and Alexander Dorner.
When the records first arrived at the Busch-Reisinger Museum, the photographs and manuscript materials were re-housed in photograph binders, boxes, and loose folders according to medium, format, acquisition date, and topic. These materials, as well as the slide collection, were re-housed again in 2014 into archival folders and boxes and arranged into series and subseries by format and subject.

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